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via Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press this morning that he is working on signing a veteran and hopes to be able to use the defenseman in tonight's home opener against the Dallas Stars.

Holland didn't want to name the player until the deal is finalized. The contract has to be cleared by the NHL, and the player has to get to Detroit.

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If we get another 1-way contract, plus theres no way they will let Smith back to AHL, I hope, we would be stuck with 8 Ds…  Is that possible with a 23 man roster?

Just have to throw somebody on ST/LTIR, then they are off the 23 man requirement.  If Coliacovo’s gone for a few weeks it’s him.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 10:44 AM ET

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They would still have to clear space on the 50-man.

Posted by Chip4Pips on 01/22/13 at 10:50 AM ET

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Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 01/22/13 at 10:39 AM ET

He isn’t even signed with them yet, last I heard they weren’t even close.  Detroit could offer sheet him.  Probably be about a 4-5 cap hit to pry him away from Montreal may get away with a 1st and 3rd for him which is plenty worth it considering what our last 1st got us.  It’s a steal.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 10:51 AM ET

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I’d lose so much respect for the man if he un-retired like that.

I would full-on kiss him on the mouth if he did.

You know, if he’d have me…

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 10:51 AM ET

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Larry Murphy. Rad new specs and all!

Posted by MoreShoot on 01/22/13 at 10:51 AM ET

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They would still have to clear space on the 50-man.

Joey MacDonald, Jordan Pearce, Max Nicastro.  Plenty of room.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 10:56 AM ET

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Any unsigned d-men who make their off-season home in Michigan?

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 10:56 AM ET

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Lilja cleared waivers and is in Adirondak, so it’s not him.  Probably Campoli if they can get him here fast enough.

Posted by jkm2011 on 01/22/13 at 10:58 AM ET

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Just have to throw somebody on ST/LTIR, then they are off the 23 man requirement.  If Coliacovo’s gone for a few weeks it’s him.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 10:44 AM ET

The problem there is, when Colaiavaco comes back, what happens?
There would be 8 Ds we cant move down, right?

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 10:59 AM ET

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The problem there is, when Colaiavaco comes back, what happens?

That bridge is way off in the distance.

But when we get to it?  Waive Kindl.  If (when) he clears we can afford to stash him in the A and have his contract count against the cap, no worries.

Posted by Garth on 01/22/13 at 11:02 AM ET

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The problem there is, when Colaiavaco comes back, what happens?
There would be 8 Ds we cant move down, right?

Sure.  Detroit would just waive somebody and send Lashoff down, or they’d trade someone up on the roster for a 5th or 6th to clear the spot.

Posted by HockeyinHD on 01/22/13 at 11:05 AM ET

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Probaby rather have Eaton than Campoli.

Honestly, yes, I’d take Lilja over either, but he’s not a free agent.

Can Subban play on a signed offer sheet before Montreal has decided whether they want to match it?  Damn, didn’t think so.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/13 at 11:16 AM ET

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The problem there is, when Colaiavaco comes back, what happens?
There would be 8 Ds we cant move down, right?

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 10:59 AM ET

Eh, we’ll burn Quincey’s bridge when we get to it…

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 11:17 AM ET

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Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 01/22/13 at 11:17 AM ET

Shit, I saw that little bastard out on the ice with a match and a can of gas.  Kids gonna wet the bed as much as he likes to play with fire.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 11:29 AM ET

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Why would any defenseman be waived? THen the new D-man gets injured, and we have to sign another ghost or go along with a Founier?

Colaiacovo, Kindl, Ericsson, and it was just two games. On offense, Helm, Bertuzzi, Mursak, Samuelsson, Filppula and Emmerton were injured on Europe… On a season like that, you just don’t dump or waive any assets unless you absolutely have to.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/22/13 at 11:32 AM ET

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Eh, we’ll burn Quincey’s bridge when we get to it…

Posted by RedMenace from the darkest recesses on 01/22/13 at 11:17 AM ET

Not soon enough!

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:33 AM ET

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isn’t quincy one of kenny’s pet projects?

Posted by Rdwings28 on 01/22/13 at 11:36 AM ET

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On a season like that, you just don’t dump or waive any assets unless you absolutely have to.

Colo, Kindl or E-52 aren’t real assets, they’re just warm bodies.  E-52 has been given all the time and space to fulfill his “upside” and we’re just never going to see it, cause it’s just not there.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 01/22/13 at 11:48 AM ET

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Added to the post, Wings signing Huskins and Sammy out tonight.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:49 AM ET

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Info on Huskins.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 11:50 AM ET

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Guy has been positive the whole career.. Dont think I’ve ever noticed him play, though…

He looks like a defensive defenseman from the stats, which might actually be exactly what we need?

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 11:53 AM ET

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Colo, Kindl or E-52 aren’t real assets, they’re just warm bodies.  E-52 has been given all the time and space to fulfill his “upside” and we’re just never going to see it, cause it’s just not there.

Their warm bodies are better than Almqvist or Founier’s bodies. And seriously, 99% of the Wings fanbase didn’t notice the big improvements on Ericsson’s play?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/22/13 at 11:58 AM ET

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big surprise

Huskins wiki page is already updated…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Huskins big surprise

Posted by YzermanZetterberg on 01/22/13 at 11:59 AM ET

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McKenzie tweets Big E will have an MRI today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 12:02 PM ET

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And seriously, 99% of the Wings fanbase didn’t notice the big improvements on Ericsson’s play?

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/22/13 at 11:58 AM ET

I agree, everyone keeps bashing him, but it seens he moved past his days of blumpers
He’s at least a decent player now, I think… Only with no offensive smarts whatsoever, but at least he seens focused on defense, for a change

Posted by Zqto on 01/22/13 at 12:03 PM ET

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  And seriously, 99% of the Wings fanbase didn’t notice the big improvements on Ericsson’s play?

  Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 01/22/13 at 11:58 AM ET

Woo!  I’m the 1%

Get a job, you hippies!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/13 at 12:14 PM ET

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Woo!  I’m the 1%

Get a job, you hippies!

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 01/22/13 at 12:14 PM ET

Same here…

... however, just because I noticed an improvement doesn’t mean I think he’s worth his salary.

Posted by RedMenace from the Church of Jesus Lashoff on 01/22/13 at 12:21 PM ET

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Ericsson, I thought, looked great against St. Louis.  He and Smith easily stood above the rest but held their own against St. Louis as well.  He really used his body and just looked really engaged.

Herm, the only reason we’d have to waive one is because of the amount of 1-way contracts and the fact we aren’t sending Smith and his 2-way back down again.  We already have 6 1-ways before Huskins, he makes 7.  When whoever gets back from injury we’ll have to move one of those 1-way contracts whether by trade or waive.  If we waive, Kindl is the least likely to be picked up and the least likely to impact the D with his loss aside from Quincey but Holland would never.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 01/22/13 at 12:48 PM ET

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Detroit, MI…The Detroit Red Wings today announced that 33-year-old defenseman Kent Huskins has been signed to a one-year contract. As per club policy, further details regarding this deal will not be disclosed.

Originally selected by Chicago in the sixth round (156th overall) of the 1999 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Huskins has appeared in 299 career NHL games with Anaheim, San Jose and St. Louis, tallying 13G-54A-67P in addition to 169 penalty minutes and a +49 rating. The 6’4”, 205-lb. rearguard won a Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007 and has appeared in 48 career playoff contests, registering 0G-3A-3P-23PIM and a -3 rating. A native of Almonte, Ont., Huskins has also skated in 410 career games in the American Hockey League with Norfolk (2001-03, 2012-13), San Antonio (2003-04), Manitoba (2004-05) and Portland (2005-07).

Huskins will be wearing the #3.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/22/13 at 02:15 PM ET

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